New Year's Club MTB ride \ Rear Shock Failed Me Again!

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  1. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Apparently my rear shock doesn't like the cold. It lost all the air from Topeka to Lawrence,KS! I got .75mi in before I realized something mechanical wrong. I could feel my saddle was lower but since I was layered up like Ralphies lil brother in Christmas Story I didn't see the issue immediately.

    Got 1.5 mi in and my Camelbak is frozen solid. Fingertips and toes close to froze too. I'm still calling it a victory. I didn't quit today, my bike did! I can't help that my bike it a Diva.

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  2. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Yea...not happening ANYWHERE near those temps! I'm not moving from here :D fullsizeoutput_2f7.jpeg
     
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  3. cwtch

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    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Yeah, not sure I'll try at those temps again. It was stupid cold.
     
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  5. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    So my rear shock is jacked up again.

    TL;DR:

    I went to go ride yesterday at 4* for a new years day ride with a club. The shock lost all the air out of the Positive side? Anyways, I hooked the shock pump up at lunch today and it showed 225lb of air in it with it 75% compressed.

    My LBS told me to call SRAM if it happens again the last time this happened. SRAM's website says to contact the LBS. This thing isn't even a year old. :(

    Not sure what to do other than research and try to fix it myself. Obviously something isn't right with this air can.
     
  6. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    I called SRAM and they told me to send my shock in via my local bike shop.

    And now, I wait.
     
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  7. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Good luck buddy.
     
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  8. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Thanks, the tech said he'd be surprised if they didn't warranty it in some fashion. He did tell me that they put out a notice about riding temps are 32* - 100*. Said anything out of that range and it's hard thing how things will act.

    I then asked if I should go coil shock of I wanted to ride in the winter at all. The tech said that might help but oil will still get thick at cold temps and may not lubricate and flow properly.
     
  9. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Rigid in the winter :D
     
  10. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Or...be smart and not ride below 45*!
     
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  11. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Yeah, my rigid bike is at a friend's he's thinking about buying it.
     
  12. MilesR

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    The only time I see temperatures below 45 it is nighttime.
     
  13. cwtch

    cwtch Well-Known Member

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    If my rear shock didn't work over 100 degrees I couldn't ride from July 1st to about September 20th.
     
  14. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Is there an option to change the viscosity of the oil in Mtb shocks?
     
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  15. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    I thought the was hilarious myself.
    Probably.
     
  16. cwtch

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    Here is the thing, a lot of rear shocks are literally just an air can and only have enough oil to keep the wiper working. I don't get this whole thing even a little. Fat full suspension bikes have shocks that work and you can ride them in the snow all day. I have never had nor heard of a shock failing from temperatures or weather. Excluding packing up with mud and a seal giving up.

    All that said forks a pea bit different as they have mucho fluid in them. But still should work bellow freezing and well above 100.
    Not to be that person but I fear your shop tech is ummmm... wrong.
    I will call SRAM and see but I can not imagine they use an oil that doesn't withstand about 220 degrees. Will post back.
     
  17. rynoman03

    rynoman03 Moderator Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Actually SRAM told me this. Not the shop.
     
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  18. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Mtb is a winter thang, who rides one in 100* heat ???? :D
     
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  19. MilesR

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    Young ladies living in Arizona.
     
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  20. cwtch

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    Got you... That is a serious issue if SRAM says their shocks don't work bellow freezing or above 100.
    I am going to call them because if this is their stand I won't recommend a bike with their shock here. Heck we have part of the state mtb race series where events can be 105 degrees at start time.
     
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